Washington, D.C.– Kelly Reyes, Executive Director of the Professional Managers Association (PMA)–formed in 1981 by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Managers as a national membership association representing the interests of professional managers, management officials and non-bargaining unit employees in the federal government and within the IRS–issued the following statement in response to the IRS’s announced organizational changes:
“PMA applauds the IRS for taking a proactive approach to improving human capital management within the Service. The forthcoming organizational structure, set to take effect in early 2024, will streamline top leadership positions, featuring a single Deputy IRS Commissioner and four chief positions overseeing critical areas such as taxpayer service, tax compliance, information technology, and operations. The changes are appropriately aimed at elevating efficiency and responsiveness to the evolving needs of taxpayers. This strategic move comes in the wake of historic funding from the Inflation Reduction Act and reflects the need for more collaborative coordination across IRS leadership,” Kelly Reyes said.
“We applaud the IRS for pledging to work with Congress and the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) to oversee the progress on these changes. We urge the IRS to actively communicate with all employee groups to ensure comprehensive understanding about the impact of this restructuring and the needs of employees. This change will likely affect mid-level management, and PMA stands ready to work with the IRS to ensure all levels of leadership understand their proper roles and responsibilities,” Reyes continued. “Ultimately, the success of these changes will rely on active communication with front-line management to ensure all IRS managers and leaders are appropriately identifying challenges and opportunities to better meet taxpayer needs.”
“This restructuring is a proactive response to the evolving tax landscape and is in harmony with the Taxpayer First Act Report to Congress and the IRS Strategic Operating Plan, underscoring the IRS's commitment to continuous improvement. Next, as we transform the IRS into a modern workplace, we must ensure our leadership development and compensation system modernizes as well. PMA looks forward to working with the IRS on these and other necessary transformation to IRS leadership operations,” Reyes explained.